Investigators are trying to identify the driver who fatally shot himself early Saturday morning after police pursued him into the parking lot of the Cranberry Commons shopping center.
“The driver refused to stop for the officer and was pursed into Cranberry Township,” Mascellino said in a statement. “Cranberry Township police officers were approaching the area of Route 228 to assist the Adams Township officer when the vehicle turned into the Cranberry Commons shopping center.”
After entering the shopping center, the driver fired a single gunshot and fatally wounded himself while his vehicle was still moving, Mascellino said. The vehicle crashed into the store, causing extensive damage, according to police.
Officers on the scene extinguished a small fire that erupted under the vehicle after the crash.
Investigators have not positively identified the driver of the vehicle or determined why he fled from police in Adams Township. Additional agencies are assisting police as they work to identify him and notify his family.
Cranberry Police continue to investigate the incident. Check back withPatch for updates to this story.